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Theatres Trust will push for greater planning powers

Theatres Trust director Mhora Samuel. Photo: Eliza Power Theatres Trust director Mhora Samuel. Photo: Eliza Power
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Advocacy body the Theatres Trust will strengthen its campaign work and increase the grants it provides as part of a new strategy.

The new vision comes as the body celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The trust said it is committed to strengthening the way that it campaigns for the protection of theatres by making its advice more visible within the theatre industry and becoming more influential in its involvement with the planning system.

Last month the body hailed a step forward in its operations in Wales, saying new planning laws would increase its involvement in applications involving theatres or plans near to theatres. The trust said it would push for this legislation change to be adopted in England and Scotland.

It will also increase the levels of capital grants it offers to organisations as well as the funding available to theatres, although full financial details have not yet been announced. This comes as the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme, run by the Theatres Trust, confirmed funding until 2020.

As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations, a programme of events will be held, including debates, the trust’s annual conference in June and the introduction of an annual lecture, the first of which will take place on November 16.

Theatres Trust director Mhora Samuel praised the organisation’s work and influence over the four decades, adding that it was now rare to see theatres demolished without being replaced.

She added: “We’re proud that the quality of theatre design is the best it’s ever been. We’ve achieved great things for theatres by speaking loudly in the planning system. In our anniversary year I invite everyone to join us at a Theatres Trust 40 event, and online, to debate how we continue to protect and promote our nation’s theatres now and in the future.”

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